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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE DIVISION
DOCKET NO. 3:14-cv-00213-MOC-DLH

THIS MATTER is before the court on its own Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
In light of the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Bostic v. Schaefer, 760
F.3d 352 (4
th
Cir. 2014), cert. denied, ___ S.Ct.___, 2014 WL 4354536 (U.S. Oct. 6, 2014), as to
which the Mandate has now issued, Bostic v. Schaefer, No. 14-1167, 14-1169, 14-1173 (4
th
Cir.
Oct. 6, 2014), the court determines that North Carolina’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are
unconstitutional as a matter of law.
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1 The Stay (#91) previously imposed was automatically dissolved on October 6, 2014, when certiorari was
denied in Bostic.
GENERAL SYNOD OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF
CHRIST, et al.
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MEMORANDUM OF DECISION
AND ORDER
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DREW RESINGER, REGISTER OF DEEDS
FOR BUNCOMBE COUNTY, et al.,

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Defendants.


And

ROY COOPER, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF
NORTH CAROLINA,

Intervenor.

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Specifically, the court finds Article XIV, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution,
North Carolina General Statute § 51-1 et seq., and any other source of state law that operates to
deny same-sex couples the right to marry in the State of North Carolina, prohibits recognition of
same-sex marriages lawfully solemnized in other States, Territories, or a District of the United
States, or threatens clergy or other officiants who solemnize the union of same-sex couples with
civil or criminal penalties, are, in accordance with Bostic, supra, unconstitutional as they violate
the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States
Constitution.
Finally, in the hours preceding this Order there have been a number of last minute
motions filed by interested parties. The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a
moral issue. It is a legal issue and it is clear as a matter of what is now settled law in the Fourth
Circuit that North Carolina laws prohibiting same sex marriage, refusing to recognize same sex
marriages originating elsewhere, and/or threating to penalize those who would solemnize such
marriages, are unconstitutional.
ORDER
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that
(1) the consent Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s First Amendment Claims (#114) is
GRANTED, and those claims are DISMISSED without prejudice;
(2) the court’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is GRANTED, and the court finds
Article XIV, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution, North Carolina General
Statute § 51-1 et seq., and any other source of state law that operates to deny same-
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sex couples the right to marry in the State of North Carolina or prohibits recognition
of same-sex marriages lawfully solemnized in other States, Territories, or a District of
the United States, or threatens clergy or other officiants who solemnize the union of
same-sex couples with civil or criminal penalties, are UNCONSTITUTIONAL as
they violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth
Amendment to the United States Constitution;
(3) all other pending motions are terminated as MOOT.

PERMANENT INJUNCTION
Defendants are PERMANENTLY ENJOINED from enforcing such laws to the extent
these laws prohibit a person from marrying another person of the same gender, prohibit
recognition of same-sex marriages lawfully solemnized in other States, Territories, or a District
of the United States, or seek to punish in any way clergy or other officiants who solemnize the
union of same-sex couples.

With the exception of retaining such jurisdiction as may be necessary to enforce such
injunction, this action is otherwise DISMISSED.

The Clerk of Court shall issue a Judgment consistent with this Memorandum of Decision
and Order.

Signed: October 10, 2014
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